Rockies and Coyotes grapple in Friday’s game. Photo by Amanda Nason

Victory for the Rockies in first season game

Catch the next game Friday, Sept. 20th against the Thundercats

Submitted by Brett Holt, president

Columbia Valley Rockies

The Columbia Valley Rockies took to the ice for a new season at their home opener. This team has many fresh new faces with 19 players that are suiting up for the Rockies for the first time. This team promises to be hard working and very entertaining. The lights were down low, the music was LOUD and the smoke at the players’ entrance set the stage for thunderous applause as each player for your 2019 – 2020 Columbia Valley Rockies was introduced.

This night’s opponent were the Osoyoos Coyotes and it was evident from the very first shift they were going to have a long and tiring night. The new line of Skinner, Paarup and Berge dominated the opening seconds with all play in the Yotes end and at about 30 seconds in a glorious opportunity almost had the home team up early. The play was mostly in the Coyotes’ end of the ice and only for exceptional goaltending and a few bad breaks for the Rockies this one could have been over in the first 10 minutes. At 13:48 of the first the Rockies Power play delivered the first gut punch with a goal by Colby Phillips on a nice set up from Payton Wright. The home team, much to the happiness of the home team crowd, took a 1-0 lead into the room after 1. However 1 goal post and a number of terrific saves were the only reason it was close. Shots on goal in the first 15 to 7 for the Rockies.

The second period was dominated by the Rockies with play in the Yotes end for most of the period but an untimely penalty shifted momentum a bit and the Yotes tied it up on the powerplay. The teams went into the rooms at the end of 2. With the Rockies leading shots on goal 23 to 9 but tied at 1.

The Rockies came out ready in the third and dominated play in the Osoyoos end. The speedy Jonathan Milligan notched his first as a junior player on a breakaway that left the Osoyoos goalie sprawled out and swimming after a nice feed from Owen Hughes and Ethan Alvarez. A couple minutes later the line of Caileb Berge, Jace Paarup and Khale Skinner entertained the crowd with their hard work resulting in a goal by Berge. Rockies up by 2. With less than 2 minutes left the Coyotes pulled their goalie and through a big screen manage to get one past. The game ended with the first Victory of the season for the Rockies 3-2. However it should have been much worse for the visitors. Final shots were 49 to 25. The Rockies hit 3 goalposts and 1 crossbar and missed many wonderful scoring opportunities. It is clear this team is going to attract a lot of fans and entertain all year long!

The Rockies on Saturday hosted their 6th annual Columbia Valley Rockies Golf Tournament at CopperPoint Golf course. A great time was had by many participants and all the players enjoyed time with sponsors, families and volunteers. The Rockies would like to thank everyone who came out to support the team during this tremendous event and the sponsors, organizations that donated prizes, volunteers, golfers, families and friends of the event. The Columbia Valley Rockies would like to extend a special thank you to the Chairperson of the event this year, Tracey McMann, for her efforts in making this a wonderful day!

On Sunday The Rockies showered the community with support by having all players and their Coach Briar run in the annual Terry Fox Run. The Rockies also donated $250 to this terrific cause.

The team plays the Creston Valley Thundercats Friday, Sept. 20th at 7:30 p.m. Make sure you come out as you don’t want to miss the most exciting hockey around!

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